Our dressers and wardrobes have been sold. But those are 4 pieces of furniture that will not be replaced, because we built an open wardrobe in the bedroom.
One thing I loved, loved, loved about the open storage in the kitchen is how much easier it is to keep everything neat and orderly.
I know, it’s weird. It’s not like opening a cabinet door is that much work. I don’t understand how or why it’s so much easier…it just is.
An issue we struggled with in keeping the bedroom tidy is piling things on any available surface (dresser tops, nightstands, etc). When there is no surface available, we won’t have the option to be lazy, so we should suck it up and put stuff away, where it belongs. Hopefully.
While our closet is mostly finished, it still needs some adjustments, and there is still a lot of work to do in the room, so updates will continue. But we’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and we love it so far. It almost feels like getting dressed in a boutique. And our bedroom feels so much bigger without all that furniture. Here’s what it looked like before, one more time:
Update: There are a couple things I still hear regularly from visitors about our closet. One is “It CAN’T be neat or even clean.” After living with this for over 2 years, we can say emphatically that that’s just not true. It was actually far LESS dusty, and EASIER to keep neat, and we can’t wait to re-create it in our new house.
The other question is much more positive: what materials did we use for the shelves? The shelves are made from stair treads from the home improvement store. They are thicker, deeper, and sturdier than buying wall shelves, and the edges are rounded, which looks nice. The brackets were from Anthropologie, but there are some pretty ones linked to from Amazon below. On the undersides of the shelves, we fastened wall rails from IKEA to hang the clothes from. We hung the brackets either in studs or used wall anchors, of course, because clothes are heavy.
Here are links to similar products (though treads are MUCH cheaper at the DIY store):
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